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Kings' Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Fabiano Caruana3/6(+0 -0 =6)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu2/6(+0 -2 =4)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu 1-0492012Kings' TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Topalov vs Caruana ½-½602012Kings' TournamentD85 Grunfeld
3. Caruana vs Nisipeanu ½-½362012Kings' TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Topalov vs Ivanchuk ½-½652012Kings' TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
5. Ivanchuk vs Caruana ½-½342012Kings' TournamentC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Nisipeanu vs Topalov ½-½312012Kings' TournamentB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Caruana vs Topalov ½-½812012Kings' TournamentB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Nisipeanu vs Ivanchuk ½-½432012Kings' TournamentC18 French, Winawer
9. Caruana vs Ivanchuk  ½-½302012Kings' TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Topalov vs Nisipeanu 1-0402012Kings' TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
11. Ivanchuk vs Topalov  ½-½302012Kings' TournamentD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Nisipeanu vs Caruana ½-½322012Kings' TournamentC47 Four Knights
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Nov-13-12  virginmind: not to mention chess boxing :)
Nov-13-12  Strongest Force: To piggyback my last post, it looks like Fab missed some simple stuff & is playing for a draw.
Nov-13-12  kappertjes: <Strongest Force: Against Fischer, after Fab's a4, Bobby would have opened the b-file, doubled rooks on it, and gone "sack sack mate"! Chuck's b4 shows the profound respect and creeping fear that Fab is spreading over chess-land.>

I see what you did there. You just took a post from the So page and replaced 'So' with 'Fab' didn't you?

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  OBIT: <Arcturar> Well, unfortunately the results are the first thing everyone looks at. For this results of this tournament, all you see are two decisive games, both against the player who, as the local invitee, had the role of the whipping boy. Put those results into a crosstable, and you've got something that screams "B-O-R-I-N-G!" to even the hard-core fan.

What you see if you look more deeply is a matter of opinion, I suppose. Now, as for me, I think Caruana made a reasonable attempt to play interesting chess, although his efforts only resulted in a succession of draws. As for Ivanchuk and Topalov, my opinion is they mailed this one in. Gimme my check and I'm outta here...

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  whiteshark: Interesting middlegames in the last round to follow...
Nov-13-12  virginmind: nisi couldnt held much to his pawn advantage and i think now they are repeating the moves.
Nov-13-12  virginmind: i'm not sure if it's gonna be a tie break between topalov and ivanchuck today?
Nov-13-12  Strongest Force: <kappertjes> I think for myself. Are you Chucky?
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  HeMateMe: Mountain climbers do have to show great patience. Dangerous work, bad example on my part.

I'll amend that to hockey players, auctioneers, and subway "car packers" in Japan.

Nov-13-12  virginmind: ouch, topa was a pawn up and he just flagged!
Nov-13-12  virginmind: the second one was drawn and chucky wins kings' tournament 2012. Congrats!
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  parmetd: Strange OBIT. I wonder if you and I watched the same tournament? All the players seemed to be trying to win but Caruana seemed to put forth the least effort.
Nov-13-12  waustad: So Chuky wins the tiebreak.
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  amadeus: Congrats, Chucky!
Nov-13-12  waustad: I think that this is the 3rd consecutive time Nisi was -2.
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  whiteshark: <virginmind: ouch, topa was a pawn up and he just flagged!> That's quite bitter, if you look at the final position
Nov-13-12  Jambow: Topolov seems to back near his top form, normally I'm pretty critical with this many draws but honestly most were hard fought games not 15 move hand shakes.

Caruana and Nisipeanu both have been playing better than the score suggests and just couldn't seal the deal from winning positions.

Ivanchuk takes it home.

Nov-14-12  paavoh: To repeat myself again
<... +1 and a shared win might be a likely outcome> :-)
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  brankat: 83% draws.
Nov-14-12  fisayo123: 6 rounds and 4 players is very lame indeed. Hopefully it's back to the usual 10 with more players next year.
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  me to play: Back in the 70's they had 4 player quad round robins from time to time. I wouldn't mind seeing that come back...with say Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, and say Nakamura or Kramnik as the 4th entry. That could be fun I think.
Nov-17-12  Billy Vaughan: I think a quadruple round robin with 4 players would be interesting.
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  PhilFeeley: Why aren't the playoff games here? Did Topalov lose one on time?
Nov-27-12  ikipemiko: Yes, Topalov lost the first rapid game on time in a winning position. The second rapid game was draw.
Nov-27-12  virginmind: it was a bit strange as the game ended after 45th move, but probably being a rapid(or blitz?) the time given after 40th move was pretty short. topalov definitely flagged, as the final position is in no way resignable - white to play:

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